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Old 11-04-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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I give up, how do you turn the light on???

I have owned my 2005 Itasca Sunova 30B/Ford for over a year now. I still have not figured out on how to turn on the overhead interior light that is over the drivers seat on the wall. I would describe it as a mini-spot/area light. There is an identicle light on the passenger side and an obvious switch for it on the wall. I have tried to follow the wiring diagrams on Winnie's website with no luck. My best guess is it might be tied into Fords interior dome light switch, where ever that is!

Let's see who can make me say, why didn't I try that....

Thanks in advance!
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Old 11-04-2011, 11:47 PM   #2
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Rotating the headlamp switch does it on my Freightliner/Journey.
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Old 11-05-2011, 12:12 AM   #3
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Rotating the headlamp switch does it on my Freightliner/Journey.
Same on our Dutch Star/Spartan although each light also has a switch that needs to be on.
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Old 11-05-2011, 03:24 AM   #4
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I have owned my 2005 Itasca Sunova 30B/Ford for over a year now. I still have not figured out on how to turn on the overhead interior light that is over the drivers seat on the wall. I would describe it as a mini-spot/area light. There is an identicle light on the passenger side and an obvious switch for it on the wall. I have tried to follow the wiring diagrams on Winnie's website with no luck. My best guess is it might be tied into Fords interior dome light switch, where ever that is!

Let's see who can make me say, why didn't I try that....

Thanks in advance!
on my moho, the dash light dimming device has a detent that turns the overhead light on when turned all the way to the top.
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:40 AM   #5
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In mine, it is controlled like a dome light in the car, from the headlight switch. Turn it all the way over. If the light does not come on, there is a switch on the light itself that also needs to be on. If that does not work, check for power or replace lightbulb.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:11 AM   #6
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Mine too. drove me nuts for about 6 months, then I finally thought to rotate the headlight knob and it turned on!
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:14 PM   #8
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For some of us it's hard to imagine someone who doesn't know how to use the "old" style, pull on headlight switch. But, when you think about it, most newer cars don't have the same kind of headlight switch that is still common on motorhomes/vans/trucks.
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Old 11-05-2011, 04:37 PM   #9
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Some of the Fords also have a small wheel, for lack of a better description, buit into the dash next to the headlight switch that dims the dash lights. Roll it up past a detent to see if that will turn them on.
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Old 11-05-2011, 08:08 PM   #10
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If you have a small thumbwheel mounted vertically in the dash near where the leveling pad is-try turning the knob all the way up until the overhead turns on. There you have it. It's the dimmer for your instrument cluster.
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Old 11-05-2011, 11:56 PM   #11
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You were right! I rolled up the dashlight dimmer all the up and the light turned on. Buy only after I exchanged bulbs with the light on the other side. Both bulbs work, must have been a bad connection.

THANKS to every one that replied! Hopefully I can return the favor some day...
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Old 11-06-2011, 01:37 AM   #12
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Never thought about what my National Sea Breeze does when I rotate the dimmer wheel to the detent. If it wasn't 1:35 AM, I'd go check. Added to my to-do list. I do have the map lites with a switch on the lite and one below on each side.
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Old 11-06-2011, 10:16 AM   #13
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Our switch (2005 Itasca Sunrise) turns on like the dome light in the car (from the instrument panel on the dash). Why they put it there instead of on the lamp itself is a mystery. Hubby looked for 20 minutes before he found it.
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Old 11-06-2011, 11:16 AM   #14
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Thanks for the info. I just purchased my 11 Vista and was learning the radio today, tried the light and it didn't come on, came in and read this post, went out and turned the little wheel and on it came.

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On my (see Sig) it doesn't do anything except click. Zip, Nada, Zilch, Nothing; key on/off, lights or/off. If it does, clue me in of what it could be.

I even checked the outside lights and the DTRLs. No change. On my Dodge Rams, it turns on the inside and bed lights under any of the above conditions.
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Could it possibly be a bad bulb? You might try the bulb in a different fixture just to be sure the bulb is OK.
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You were right! I rolled up the dashlight dimmer all the up and the light turned on. Buy only after I exchanged bulbs with the light on the other side. Both bulbs work, must have been a bad connection.

THANKS to every one that replied! Hopefully I can return the favor some day...
Thank you for the update.
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Could it possibly be a bad bulb? You might try the bulb in a different fixture just to be sure the bulb is OK.
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What bulb would that be? Both the map lights light with the switches on and the twin lights overhead light with the built in switch. Is there another light I'm overlooking?
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I misunderstood your post #15. I thought your lights were NOT working.
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The map lights work, but the dimmer switch does nothing. Or.... Nothing that I can find. Could there be a light under the dash?
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